Attractive foliage with huge minute, lime green leaves on short, arching stems gives artillery plant a fern like appearance.
What makes it special:
- Fast growing and evergreen plant.
- Best plant for ground coverence.
- Low maintenance plant.
||Pilea Artillery, Pilea Microphylla - Plant
||5 inch (13 cm) Grower Round Plastic Pot (Black)
Artillery plant Scientifically known as Pilea microphylla in the family of Urticaceae is an evergreen, ground-covering perennial plant forming a dense mat of growth around 30 cm up to 45 cm wide. Its succulent stems hold small, lime-green cluster leaves that are blotched with colours of white and pink.
Also known as the rockweed, the artillery plant is a fast-growing, adaptable evergreen that can be grows in humid locations, including in indoor containers and rock gardens.To encourage a compact, bushy plant, pinching off growing tips is important.
||4 inch (10 cm)
||4 inch (10 cm)
*above specification are indicative only. actual dimensions may vary by +-10%
||Pilea Artillery, Pilea Microphylla, Gunpowder Plant, Baby tears,
|Maximum Reachable Height
||Up to 30 to 45 centimeter
Planting and care
At least 1-3 hours of preferably morning sunlight a day is ideal for plant to grow well and natural indirect bright light for the rest of the day. SoilThe soil should be well drained and fertile, rich in organic content for growing Pilea Artillery plant. WateringPoke your finger/plain small stick into the soil to check the moisture. Apply 3 cup (Approx. 150 ml) water when top soil (1-2 inches) in pot feels dry to touch. As rule of thumb, Water the plant thoroughly in the summer and reduce watering in winter and rainy season.Do not over-water the plant.Apply water preferably in morning or evening.Application of FertilizerLoosen the topsoil without disturbing the roots of the plant so it can uptake the nutrients and moisture easily.During the main growing season feed the plant with organic fertilizer once a month (Jan-Feb). Apply water immediately after application of fertilizer.Re-potting When a plant outgrows in current pot, re-pot with fresh potting soil and some fertilizer.Do the re-potting late evening and keep the plant in shady area for 2 to 3 days and then move the plant in its suitable growing condition.For re-potting procedure click here
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Plant ProtectionRemove dead, infected or damaged plant parts and dispose them away from the planting area.Spray Neem, Eucalyptus or Citrus oil for any insect/pest attack, as a primary treatment. DontsDo not over-water the plant especially when pot does not have drainage holes.
Pilea Artillery care
Initial care for 1-2 weeks after receiving plant at your location:Keep the plant in Natural indirect bright Light.Poke your finger/plain small stick into the soil to check the moisture.Apply 3 cup (Approx. 150 ml) water when top soil (1-2 inches) in pot feels dry to touch.Do not re-pot for min. 2 weeks after receiving it.Key requirements to keep plant healthy:
||Natural direct 1-3 hours of morning sunlight and natural indirect bright light for the rest of the day.
||Apply 3 cup (Approx. 150 ml) water when top soil (1-2 inches) in pot feels dry to touch.
||Soil should be well drain and fertile, rich in organic content.
||20 to 25 degree Celsius
||Apply any organic fertilizer once a month (Jan-Feb).
Pilea Artillery special feature
An attractive plant with its fern-like appearance, it is often grown as a ground-cover in ornamental gardens and is also grown as a houseplant in cooler zones.
Pilea Artillery uses
- It is best used as a ground cover planted in a mass in a bed beneath existing trees